The Ugbrooke Homestead has been an iconic part of the Awatere Valley of Marlborough and Blenheim ever since it was announced in the Marlborough Express on March 18th 1885, that "the Hon. W. Clifford was about to erect a mansion in the Awatere on a commanding position with splendid views of hill and dale."
For this imposing single storey,10,000sq ft, Heritage 2 listed triple brick and timber residence, all the bricks were fired on the property and no expense spared on the exquisite Kauri timber joinery and hand carved timber fireplace surrounds which feature throughout the house.
The hand painted pressed metal ceiling in the gracious Edwardian dining room has been admired by many over the years, as has the original poppy frieze wallpaper, fireplaces, 14' stud ceiling heights and generously sized bedrooms.
Once sitting on 21,000 acres, Ugbrooke is now situated on approximately 16 acres with still those impressive views, no longer over agricultural land, but over expansive vineyards to the sea.
Ugbrooke has undergone many face lifts over past years but its integrity and originality remain intact. Extensive refurbishments have been particularly completed over the past eleven years and work continues to maintain and improve the property.
Recent emphasis has been on earthquake strengthening. Ugbrooke has stood the test of time since 1885 but more work has been undertaken to bring it over the required government standards.
A popular destination for individuals, couples and small groups that want to escape town and enjoy privacy and tranquility yet not be too far from Blenheim, your hosts Peter and Alex do their utmost to ensure you have a memorable and enjoyable stay.
Relax in the elegant Dining Room, Chudleigh Bar, or conservatory, have a glass of chilled local Sauvignon Blanc next to the pool or relax in the garden and admire the gorgeous view to the North. As the house is large with only 3 rooms booked at any one time - it is, for many people, rather like living in their own personal mansion.
Important Things to Know and Do
** The emphasis at Ugbrooke is on relaxation, informality, comfort and good home cooked food.
Three friendly inside dogs are 'in residence' - Jasper, Jimmy and Marty - so guests with aversions to dogs or who may have allergies please let Peter and Alex know before hand where possible.
** Unless the/a family is occupying the whole house, children under 15 cannot generally be accommodated at Ugbrooke in High Season but negotiable in Low Season.
** The rooms at Ugbrooke are double or single occupancy only .
** Bed and Breakfast! Continental Breakfast is included in the room rate. Dinner is available with prior notice.
** Individual wine tours can be organised with Peter and assistance given with all tour requests.
(Ugbrooke is minutes away from the stunning Yealands Wine Estate and Cellar Door.)
** The Awatere Valley is a great cycling area and two bicycles are available for free use to explore the region or cycle to the sea - or you may prefer to take a stroll around the property.
** The solar heated swimming pool is a favourite with guests in summer.
**NO Smoking within the house.